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"Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt"

From 08 September 2015 to 31 January 2016

From September 8, 2015 to January 31, 2016, The Arab World Institute of Paris is hosting a fascinating exhibition, "Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt", an exhibition that sheds light on the underwater discoveries of the French archeologist, Franck Goddio  along with his team during the last seven years, in Abu Qir Bay near Alexandria.

Who is Osiris?

According to ancient Egyptian mythology, Osiris was the king of Egypt and the son of the Earth God Geb and the Sky Goddess Nut. He was foully murdered by his brother Seth, who wanted to usurp the throne. Isis, Osiris’ sister and wife, brought her husband back to life with a magical spell in order to conceive Horus the younger, who defeated Seth and got the throne back.

The legend says that after that, Osiris became the God of Death, the Underworld, and Rebirth.

About the Discoveries:

In 1881, the discovery of the Decree of Canopus at Kom el-Hisn, by Gaston Maspero, raised many questions about two “lost” cities: Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. The stele says that the ceremonies of the “Mysteries of Osiris” were held annually in Thonis-Heracleion in the Great Temple of Amun-Gereb during the month of Khoiak, and culminated in a long nautical procession of two miles, carrying the God of Death to his shrine in Canopus.

Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus were mentioned in many works of ancient historians such as works of the Greek historians Diodorus and Strabo. However, there had been no evidence that they really existed, untill the late 20th century.

In 1997, with the collaboration of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Goddio, discovered the city of Thonis-Heracleion, 2.5 km far from the coast, sunken in Abu Qir Bay. He found statutes, monuments, and many ritual instruments. Three years later, he discovered the city of Canopus.

Finding the two lost cities was a turning point in archeology. Indeed, the discoveries confirmed many facts that were mentioned in ancient texts.

About the Exhibition:

“Osiris, the sunken mysteries of Egypt” features more than 250 objects that have never been displayed before. It also holds 40 pieces from the museums of antiquities of Cairo and Alexandria. Most of them have never been exhibited outside Egypt.

Located in the heart of Paris, Hotel Cambon welcomes people from all over the world and gives them the opportunity to discover ancient Egypt while exploring France.


OSIRIS Tue Oct 27
OSIRIS Wed Oct 28
Visite guidée : Exposition Osiris,  mystères engloutis d'Egypte Par Pierre-Yves Jaslet Thu Oct 29
OSIRIS - Visite Guidée Fri Oct 30
OSIRIS Sun Nov 01
OSIRIS Tue Nov 03
OSIRIS Wed Nov 04
OSIRIS Thu Nov 05
OSIRIS Fri Nov 06
Au « Caire » du flamenco Sat Nov 07
OSIRIS Sun Nov 08
OSIRIS Tue Nov 10
OSIRIS Wed Nov 11
OSIRIS - Visite Guidée Thu Nov 12
OSIRIS Fri Nov 13
Chants et danses soufis de Haute-Égypte Sat Nov 14
OSIRIS Sun Nov 15
OSIRIS Tue Nov 17
OSIRIS Wed Nov 18
OSIRIS Thu Nov 19
OSIRIS Fri Nov 20
Aux frontières de l'oriental-beat Sat Nov 21
OSIRIS Sun Nov 22
Arabic Sound System : Suuns + Jerusalem In My Heart Mon Nov 23
OSIRIS Tue Nov 24
OSIRIS Wed Nov 25
OSIRIS Thu Nov 26
OSIRIS Fri Nov 27
Viajes ou le feu du flamenco Sat Nov 28
OSIRIS Sun Nov 29
OSIRIS Tue Dec 01


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